Posts in category "Health and Wellness"

Yes, there is such a thing as "therapy cats"

In the companion animal world…compared to dogs…cats tend to get a “bad rap.” They are often described as aloof, manipulative, cruel and merciless, useless, and even downright nasty. But, I would like to introduce you to 3 loving, affectionate cats who have helped their companion humans beyond what you might have ever imagined possible. For... Read more »

After the 11 proposed conditions for medical marijuana got denied

When the latest list of 11 qualifying conditions for the medical marijuana program ( and I am using the term “marijuana” entirely for SEO purposes) were rejected on September 10, I and all the thousands of Illinois cannabis activists and prospective patients who worked tirelessly to try and get them passed felt like we were... Read more »

K2/Spice is NOT remotely like marijuana, it is a very dangerous drug

My hubby and I are big, big listeners of NPR, as in National Public Radio. Every single radio in our house is tuned to WBEZ 91.5 FM. Often, the talk just acts as white noise as it drones on and on in the background, but more often then not, we actually listen to the programming.... Read more »

Illinois Medical Cannabis Community is a great resource

Are you a resident of Illinois who has been “sitting on the fence” about applying for a medical marijuana card because you don’t know where to begin? Have I got a great Facebook group for you to join…The Illinois Medical Cannabis Community (IMCC). With over 1,800 members from all walks of life including patients, advocates,... Read more »

Chicagoland Medical Marijuana dispensary updates

It has been an eventful week in the exciting world of medical marijuana (MMJ) both locally, here in Chicago, and statewide. Technically, the Illinois Medical Marijuana Pilot Program started on January, 2014. When I say technically, that is because not a single ounce of MMJ has been sold…hell, not a single dispensary has even opened... Read more »

Dear doctors who refuse to recommend medical marijuana: I have a bone to pick with you

Hey doctors, especially those in Illinois, I have a real bone to pick with you…because now it is personal. I now know 2 people with a debilitating condition who are REALLY suffering and would REALLY benefit from medical marijuana to help relieve their symptoms and improve the quality of their lives, but their docs refuse... Read more »

Medical Marijuana: A very unconventional treatment for autism

If you know anything about the incidence of autism in American children, you know that the rate of autism has increased significantly in the past decade. In 2002, it was 1 in 150, in 2004, it had risen to 1 in 125, in 2006, 1 in 110, in 2008, 1 in 88, and the latest... Read more »

Medical Marijuana: The endocannabinoid system explains how it all works

Boy howdy, but haven’t we done a complete 180 on marijuana? Terms like potheads, dope fiends and Reefer Madness come to mind and are still being used to describe marijuana usage. It is still classified as a Substance I drug, alongside heroin, LSD, peyote and Ecstasy. Yeah. That makes a whole lot of sense. Not.... Read more »

Charlotte's Web Hemp Oil is truly a miracle cure for many

Meet the Stanley Brothers. They come from an evangelical Christian family of 11 kids from Colorado Springs, Colorado. They are a pretty unlikely bunch to be one of the biggest producers of cannabis oil in the country. Don’t feel bad if you have never heard of them. I had never heard of them, either, until... Read more »

Why I decided to become a medical marijuana activist

I never set out to be a medical marijuana activist. I have been a fan of recreational marijuana and was aware of the healing properties of cannabis, but I never expected it to become legal in my lifetime. I recently started researching the wonder that is marijuana. I discovered that it is an amazingly complicated... Read more »